Im not allowed to post in your forum, so here goes one reply on the chi post Chi and chi kung is a simple concept, often over mystified and over complicated by many people who still want to believe in those mysterious chi powers we ever so often hear about. The existence of bio electricity in humans, is something that is not alien to Western Medical Scientists. A very simple way to describe chi, is not to call it “energy” or “life essence”, as that is what it actually would translate to, but to simply call it bio-electricity. In the beginning there were magnetic fields. Interference with these magnetic fields caused the existence of man kind, earth and all of God’s creation (what ever your religious outlook is – this post in not about religion). Everything is made up from vibrations, and humans also have Bio-electricity which is the source of energy. As one member (I think Rodney) said, everything has energy. You were talking about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and I quote “Also know that western medicine and a western outlook of science does not seem to be able to deal with the matter.”. Maybe you should try look for a new doctor. I’m not claiming to be a medical specialist, but I have encountered this syndrome before. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can be caused by various things. We have to know, that most conditions such as this and depression for eg, are caused by chemical imbalances in the brain. Low levels of serotonin cause people to feel tired and down. Low levels of insulin can cause weight problems as well as tiredness. Chi Kung, is the practice of ‘cultivating’ or exercising energy. The practice of Chi Kung, can help the practitioner to lower his/her heart rate, as well as stimulate the release of certain neuro chemicals such as neuroadrinaline, Serotonin, and endorphins (my spelling might be a little wrong, I will consult some old textbooks). These chemicals in return, can help the brain in various ways, and helps regulate oxygen to the brain, causing the practitioner to be more energetic than before. A lowered heart rate, can cause the practitioner to relax, which in return can bring the brain into theta brain state, which brings more self awareness, and could also cause the ‘euphoria’ feeling we often experience. It is also important to know, that chi kung in it self, would not be sufficient for someone with your type of syndrome. A rounded disciplined regime of right exercise and right food should always go hand in hand. The right chi kung, should be rounded of with the right, well balanced food. Food, off course, giving your body what it needs to be able to maintain the power/ energy. Right food, and right practice is important, and you should always make sure you do the right training for the right reasons at the right time. Also Take in mind that there are various aspects that should be considered when choosing a chi kung set. Consider your physical/biological, as well as your mental condition. This all should help dictate the right time concept. Ex, Due to condensation and the cooling off the earth vs the sky, there are more positive ion during the early mornings (from mostly before 7am), than negative ions. This in itself, can assist with cultivating energy. For early morning sessions, one should try incorporate a good stretching program with your chi training. Your body is still not fully awake, and you need to stretch your muscles in order to fully recover after the long rest (like after a long drive). Your muscles are still ‘lazy’ and in this case, there would be some types of chi sets which I will ignore completely. IMHO I would steer clear from silk reeling or anything which rely in full muscular power. A good set to do in mornings would be something like baduanjing. This gung, has a good balance between chi cultivation, stretching, and muscular training. I am not a very big fan of tai chi, but it does (when done correctly) build all the needed strength and power that comes with a balance chi training set. My problem is just that tai chi, is just another form of kung fu, and many teachers forget about this. To much emphasis on the chi, and less emphasis on the martial aspects of training (I am not hinting to anyone, just comment in general). Stiaan, I would suggest, you try a balanced diet, along with your regular chi training, combined with a good balance vitamin and mineral intake. I have no doubt that you will be able to beat your “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome” in a matter of months. “Just to say that this is not merely supposed to be an intellectual discussion. I have experienced the improvement in my general condition since taking Thai Chi and doing at least some practicing on regular basis.” I’m glad for you. Try increase the intensity in your work out every day. You will not be sorry. PS- do try get some B12 shots. Its worth it.